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March 2018

Gosh this year is flying by! How are we in April already?

Here is my March round up in pictures. I find it so hard just choosing a few.

We had a fabulous time in Norfolk for the weekend and Samuel loved spending time with his cousin Henry. Here they are enjoying a bath together.

Another cousin. This time his biggest cousin Max. As you can probably tell Samuel loves him so much. Max is so good with the little ones!

So much family time this month. Both Samuel and Henry love books and it’s lovely seeing them enjoying sharing stories together.

Samuel wants to be on the go all the time and this can sometimes be tricky especially when we are having a meal out. Thankfully on this occasion the restaurant was pretty empty so he got free rain to have a bit of a run around and a dance to the music.

Samuel loves to pose and has recently discovered the selfie mode on my phone. When he wants his picture taken he will come in close and look at the screen. He has also mastered saying cheese and doing a smile when a camera is pointing at him.

We had quite a few sleepless nights and it turned out Samuel had an ear infection. It cause the eardrum to perforate which is how we discovered it. He is getting better at telling us when he is hurt but he couldn’t quite communicate this and we put it down to his back teeth. Lots of Mummy guilt after we found out what the real issue was.

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Child development, diary, Early Years, First time Mum, Parent, Photography

February 2018

Here is my February round up in pictures!

As always we have had some lovely days with Grandad and Henry. Here are the boys watching the ducks at Whisby.

We had a great day at The Deep. Samuel loved looking at all the different sea creatures.

We have had every type of weather this month and in all honesty I am ready for the warmer months so we can get outside a bit more.

A rare ladies day out. We made cocktails and drank far too much ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our first visit to the library. Samuel and Henry both love books and we had lots of fun choosing some to take home. I didn’t realise what child friendly places libraries are now.

Here is Samuel and his cousin Max who he adores. Apparently Samuel didn’t want to let go of Max’s hand.

The last two days of February have been covered in snow and Samuel has had lots of fun playing in it. I particularly love this picture of Samuel and my Dad with the snowman they built.

So there we go. February seemed to go very quickly. Next month we have my birthday and a trip to Norfolk to look forward to.

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Samuel Update

I have neglected this blog a bit lately and as it’s a new year my resolution is to get back on it.

I am going to start with a Samuel update. He turns 17 months old today and I seriously cannot believe that in just a months time I will have an 18 month old. I know I say this every time but he really does amaze us every day. It seems like he always has a new word or can do something different or make a new animal sound and I want to ensure I document as much of it as I can.

Gross Motor

Samuel is now a confidant Walker. He is able to walk backwards and change direction with ease. He has started trying to run and still loves to climb. His new thing is spinning round and round and he finds it hilarious when he makes himself dizzy and fulls over. Samuel can push himself along on his Scuttle Bug and turn the handles to change direction.

Fine Motor

Samuel shows more control all the time. He is able to hold a crayon using a digital probate grasp and make marks across the page. He is able to stack 4-5 blocks to create a tower and is beginning to use a fork.

Cognitive

Samuel understands more and more each day. He knows where lots of things are kept and is beginning to show an understanding of course and effect. For example he knows that if he places his flannel over the plug hole it will stop the water going down, which means he doesn’t have to get out of the bath. Samuel loves cars and trains and will push them around on the floor or track making appropriate noises for them.

Communication

Samuel has lots of words now and when at home he chats away constantly. His favourite words to say are ‘tractor’, ‘car’ and ‘duck’. He also likes to make ‘choo choo’ noises as well as quacking, roaring and barking. He likes to say ‘ugh oh’ and if he can’t get past something or move something he says ‘stuck’. Everyday he seems to say a new word and I love hearing his little voice.

Social

Samuel is still quite shy around unfamiliar people and is still very much a ‘Mummy’s boy’. He can give people such a look if he is not happy, he has such an emotive face. It has been nice to hear from the Childminder that Samuel has been interacting well with the other children.

Feeding

Samuel isn’t a bad eater and depending on what mood he is in, will eat pretty much anything. Although he is not a fan of carrots or broccoli and will pick out even the smallest, hidden pieces. His favourite meal is definitely breakfast, he loves cereal and like his Mummy and Daddy he definitely has a sweet tooth. Samuel has a bottle of half formula and half cows milk before bed (he still isn’t a fan of cows milk on its own) and some more milk in the night if he wakes for it. I think he has about 14 teeth maybe more. He won’t let me look anymore.

Sleeping

We have recently got Samuel down to 1 nap a day as we were struggling to get him to sleep in the evenings. We pretty much co-sleep the majority of the night although this is something we are going to work on. We have not yet perfected sleeping through the night.

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Photos of the Week

This week has been my first proper one back at work. Samuel has started with the childminder and we have begun to get into some sort of routine. I am also very excited as my Olympus Pen camera has finally been sent back to me after being away for repair for over a month.

Samuel was actually very good a pulling the blocks out on this giant Jenga game. I just had visions of the whole thing toppling down on him.

What I love about my job is being able to get creative. This was taken on one of our training days at the start of the week. We used natural materials to make a shelter for the dragons among other activities that the children might partake in during their Forest School sessions.

This sleeping pic was sent to me by the childminder on Samuels first day. I was so worried that he wouldn’t settle but I had nothing to worry about. Yes there were tears but they didn’t last and I know that it will get easier for both of us.

We went to our local nature reserve on Thursday with Samuels friend Seth and his Mummy. I love seeing Samuel interacting more with other children. The way they communicate with each other just melts my heart.

The way he looks at his Daddy! Daddy was number 1 on Friday as he went to collect Samuel from the childminders. Daddy also always does bath time. They listen to music and have the best time together. Although Samuel is a Mummy’s boy I can see that one day I’m not going to get a look in and it will be all about spending time with Daddy.

Early Years

New Funiture ๐Ÿ˜Š

An exciting delivery arrived at school on Friday! Our lovely new furniture from Early Excellence. We have been keen to change the units for a while as the old ones were not really suitable for nursery aged children and in my excitement we managed to swap them all over that same evening. And what a difference it has made not only to the environment but to the engagement of the children. In particular the small world play has become more focused and the children have found a new love for it.  

   

The resources are displayed so everything is clear for the children to see and the photographs make tidy time a breeze. 

Another hit has been the home corner. We already had a dressing up trolley but felt that it just encouraged the children to throw things in it and this made it difficult for others to see what we had.  

 

As you can see this one is much more organised and again much easier for the children at tidy time. 

We have also had a new easel delivered with a useful storage space in the top (out of reach of little hands) and space for paper underneath. Another benefit was the wide shelf which is perfect for allowing children to mix their own powder paints.  

 

One of our new shelf units has a lovely big mirror on the back and this evening I set up a dinosaur themed dig, with paint brushes and magnifying glasses. The children can then sort what they uncover and begin to order them by size.  

   

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use it as well as their reaction when they come in.